MTI Acquires Rights to Tony-Nominated Tootsie!

MTI Acquires Rights to Tony-Nominated Tootsie!

Music Theatre International has acquired for worldwide licensing the 11-Time Tony Award-nominated musical, Tootsie.

Drew Cohen, President and CEO of MTI Worldwide, announced, "We are truly delighted to represent Tootsie, which is causing roars of laughter every day at the Marquis Theatre and is already establishing itself as one of the great American musical comedies in the tradition of Guys and Dolls, The Music Man, Little Shop of Horrors, Singin' in the Rain, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Producers, Hairspray, The Drowsy Chaperone, and 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, to name a few.  It is a genuine privilege to be entrusted to promote and deliver  Tootsie  to professional and amateur stages around the world.  The film  Tootsie  is widely considered one of the great movie comedies in history and Robert Horn and David Yazbek have brilliantly updated the story as a stage musical in a way that connects deeply with today's audiences on both a comedic and human level."

"CRITIC'S PICK! Huge laughs! Smart, sparkling and priceless. Tootsie soars." - The New York Times

Composer David Yazbek and book writer Robert Horn added, "We are beyond thrilled that Music Theatre International will be shepherding our beloved Tootsie domestically, abroad and throughout the universe if this UFO stuff in The New York Times turns out to be something. From the beginning, we worked hard to craft a genuinely funny musical - a show that could galvanize audiences through the universal languages of music and laughter. Now that it exists, we're so happy it's in the hands of MTI, who has artfully and successfully licensed all five of David's previous Broadway shows as well as Robert Horn's musical 13 and who, at meetings, have served us the freshest high-end conference-room pastries we have ever experienced."

Tootsie received the 2019 New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Musical. It has been nominated for 11 Tony Awards and 12 Drama Desk Awards, including Best Musical. Tootsie is a two-time Outer Critics Circle Award winner for Best Actor in a Musical for Santino Fontana and Best Book of a Musical. 

Tootsie tells the story of a talented but difficult actor who struggles to find work until one show-stopping act of desperation lands him the role of a lifetime - as the star of a new Broadway musical.  

"Broadway's funniest new musical. This is the finest collection of character actors onstage right now. To list them would read like an Oscars speech." - New York Post

Tootsie features an original score by Tony Award-winner David Yazbek (The Band's Visit, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), a book by Robert Horn (13Dame Edna, Back with a Vengeance), choreography by Tony Award nominee Denis Jones (Holiday Inn, Honeymoon in Vegas), and music direction by Andrea Grody (The Band's Visit).

Tootsie is directed by eight-time Tony Award nominee and Olivier Award winner Scott Ellis (She Loves Me, On the Twentieth Century).

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